Wielding the Brush to Pay Tribute to Sino-Thai Friendship and Mothers

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Assumption Commercial School [Time]    2011-08-24 13:59:29 

Bangkok, August 19th, 2011—The Confucius Classroom at Assumption Commercial School and the Thai Alumni Association of China's Universities joined hands to host the 2nd “Blessing Mothers with Chinese Calligraphic Works” calligraphy competition in River City, a shopping center in Bangkok, offering Thai calligraphy enthusiasts with the chance to express their love to their mothers, to show their enthusiasm for Chinese calligraphy, and to pay their highest tribute to the queen.

The competition attracted a total of 165 calligraphy enthusiasts who came from 30 schools subordinate to the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and the Office of Private Education Commission (OPEC). Thai TV3 and TNN also gave full coverage of the event, so as to help the Thai television audience learn about the Confucius Classroom and Chinese culture.

Ms. Pang Li, Hanban representative in Thailand, Mr. Luo Zongzheng, Permanent Honorary President of the Thai Alumni Association of China's Universities and Vice Presidents Lai Jinting and Deng Yuqing were present at the occasion. Wu Taiwan, an official in charge of the Chinese language projects at OBEC, President Huang Hancheng and Chair Su Peiyin of the Calligraphy Society of the Thai Alumni Association of China's Universities, Thai artists Zeng Xin, Chen Jianming and Lu Yunshan were also invited to the event and demonstrated the glamour of Chinese calligraphy and painting.

As China's economy continues to grow rapidly, the number of Chinese learners in Thailand also continues to grow. There have been nearly 3,000 Thai schools who have offered Chinese courses and 700,000 people who have gotten involved in learning Chinese.

Bor. Surasit, President of Assumption Commercial School, delivered a passionate opening speech, which once again aroused the students’ enthusiasm for learning the Chinese language. The Classroom’s Thai Director Lu Aishan used herself as an example to encourage the students to have a go at writing calligraphy and the Chinese Director Ma Cuihua made careful preparations to ensure the smooth progress of the event.

“The thread in the hands of a fond-hearted mother; Makes clothes for the body of her wayward boy…” This short poem conveys very strong emotions. The contestants used calligraphy brushes to express their love to their mothers and their fondness for Chinese culture, and wielded the brush to experience the unique charm of Chinese calligraphy and the profoundness of Chinese poetry and culture.

Xu Fajiang, the first winner of brush calligraphy for secondary school group from Wutthi Witthaya School in Chonburi, said that participating in the competition helped broaden his mind and improve his communication skills in Chinese. Meanwhile, the event also provided him with a valuable chance to give his best wishes to his mother with Chinese calligraphy and painting, he added. He also expressed hope that the Classroom would carry out more activities like this in the future.

Contributed by Fu Wei and Ma Cuihua